SOUTH AFRICA: A Dream Come True Kudu for me courtesy of CT Safaris!

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  1. NDwildlifebio

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    Last December, while patiently waiting to try to arrow a White-tailed Deer from my wind and blizzard whipped ground blind on the North Dakota prairie, I began daydreaming about my upcoming hunt with Chris Troskie of CT Safaris in South Africa. Chris offered a 7-day plains game hunt here on AH to the highest bidder, as a token of gratitude to the hunting community for surviving a house fire on his farm. Lucky for me, I was the highest bidder! And that certainly was not the end of my luck.....

    My hunt was scheduled for August 17-23, 2013, so I spent the anxious months up until then practicing with my bow, as I was struggling with an awful case of target panic. My primary goal was to take some animals with my bow - especially a big, mature Kudu bull - but I realized my self-imposed shooting limit of 20 yards was a tall order that put a lot of pressure on Chris as a PH! Nevertheless, Chris accepted the daunting task cheerfully and determinedly, went above and beyond the call of duty, and did his best and then some. By the third morning of hunting, after having numerous encounters with game, I successfully arrowed a dream of a lifetime animal for me - a truly magnificent 59 inch Kudu bull! The hunt went absolutely perfectly and to my dying day I shall not ever forget seeing that beautiful, picture perfect flight of my arrow straight to the heart of that gorgeous bull! Chris had more faith in me than I had in myself and that plus his coaching made all the difference in the world, as I successfully shot the bull at 25 yards. There was much rejoicing in the blind and I am still on top of the world from having such a dream come true! What a brilliant start to my hopefully lifetime of African hunting adventures, as that was my first African animal ever!

    A week of dramatically swirling winds made the hunting truly tough, especially with a bow, so Chris offered me the use of his crossbow and rifle, should I wish to expand my range and opportunities. I accepted, and am glad I did, as it added a lot of variety and different experiences to my hunt. I ended up shooting my first ever animal with a crossbow - a nice, mature 26 inch Blue Wildebeest bull! And the last evening of the hunt, I connected on a 22 inch Impala ram with the rifle.

    I very much enjoyed hunting with Chris. He has some beautiful areas to hunt in with very little hunting pressure, he can offer a wide variety of hunting experiences according to what methods and weapons you prefer to use, and he is a very genuine, honest, humorous, intelligent guy who is a very competent and knowledgeable PH. He works his hardest to see that his hunters succeed and go home satisfied with their hunts. We hunted hard, in a beautiful variety of habitats, both in the blinds and on foot, attempting many stalks under very difficult conditions. Always fun and challenging to try, and I learned a lot about the great art of stalking from Chris. There's still a Red Hartebeest out there waiting to cross paths with one of my arrows! I hadn't even remotely thought about trying to take one of these awkward-looking creatures, but trying to get to within bow range of these extra keen and cagey animals fueled my desires for a future hunt. Another mark of a great PH, in my opinion, as Chris was able to open my eyes to the challenge of a species I had not previously considered. Game was plentiful everywhere we hunted, and I thoroughly enjoyed when Chris would share his vast knowledge of the flora and fauna with me, as I am a wildlife biologist by trade.

    I'm just a redneck country girl who goes hunting for the hunting, no frills necessary, but Chris and Sabina's ranch is a very lovely place, indeed! Very elegantly appointed with decidedly African themes, very comfortable and accomodating, and Sabina is an excellent cook as well. Many a night I went to bed with my seams about to burst from overindulging - especially the night we feasted on my Kudu! Evening drinks also were always an enjoyable time of story-telling and laughter.

    I left with a heavy heart, after staying one day longer than I had initially planned to. A week passes all too quickly when you are having such a grand time! I surely did not want this hunt to end! But in a way, it didn't. It just is in the "pause" mode for awhile, as I am already planning my second hunt with Chris for as soon as possible in 2014. I highly recommend you contact him as well to join in on the fun and success!
     

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  2. Stretch

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    One animal with each weapon is neat. Great pics, good story super adventure. Good for you. I am happy for you.
     
  3. NDwildlifebio

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    Thanks for your kind words, Stretch! It sure WAS a neat hunt! I can't wait to go back for more adventures with Chris!
     
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    Glad you had a good time. I have a friend who has hunted 3 times with CT and loved it. Very nice Kudu. Next time you wont settle for 7 days. Its gone all too quickly. Congrats!!
     
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    That is one hell of a way to start your hunting career in Africa.

    Congratulations.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for the pictures and hunt report. I'm glad you went with a great outfitter.
     
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    Wow what a kudu! You might as well never hunt kudu again, I can't imagine ever getting a bigger one with a bow. Congratulations!
     
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    Thanks everyone! You are absolutely right, sestoppelman - 7 days is really just a warm-up! I will definitely go for longer next time. I'm thrilled to have started out my African hunting career in such a grand manner, brickburn and phoenix phil, and thanks for your congrats. I'm pretty well hooked on the pursuit of big trophy Kudu now and really don't mind if I die trying to someday get one even bigger - or maybe a giant, wide one for some variety? :) I know where we hunted there is great potential to do so as we saw some truly fantastic bulls there. And, yes, enysse, I actually could not have lucked into a better outfitter than Chris!
     
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    Very fine Kudu..not bad at all for a lil' redneck country girl.. :biggrin2:
     
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    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your exploits and trophies, nicely done!
     
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    Hey you lil' Redneck... come back! Africa is empty without you!

    Thanks for sharing your experience with members here Karen!
     
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    Thanks docman, observe, jerome, and Chris! I'm happy to share the stories and photos of such an unforgettable experience in my life! I'm sure everyone I encounter is going to get quite tired of hearing me ramble on and on and on about how deeply I fell in love with hunting in South Africa! HA! GREAT times! And now, to throw some furniture out of my house to make room for that Kudu shoulder pedestal mount......
     
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    Congrats On your hunt ,,,that Kudu looks awesome,,,I hope he has a Big brother waiting for me when I visit next May
     
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    Fantastic Kudu and with a Bow! Thats Awesome, glad you had a great hunt and thanks for sharing it with us with great pics but it seems I missed one we want to see the Impala as well.
     
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    Don't worry, Rob44, he DOES have some big brothers waiting for you in May. Hopefully at least one is an adrenaline junkie who will test your shooting skills! :) We saw several very good bulls on my hunt and also many with loads of potential for the future. Sorry, Bobpuckett, but I sadly do not have a photo of my Impala. I shot him late in the day, and we tracked him as long as we could up until I had to leave that evening and the blood trail and tracks got too scant. Chris and his tracking dog, Walker, went the extra mile, though, as soon as they could the next day, and recovered him for me.
     
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    Thats awesome when they work that hard for you, I went through the same thing with my Vaal Rhebok it was several days later before they found it. Post some pics of the mount once you get it done.
     
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    I agree, Bobpuckett! Always so rewarding to have a PH who is willing to put in any extra efforts to ensure all possible chances of your trophy retrieval. Glad they found your Vaal Rheebok! I'm hoping that Chris can put me on a good one of those maybe next May! :) And I sure will post some mount photos when I get them done - waiting in the meantime is sheer agony! HA!
     
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    Congrats for your hunt, that is a great kudu !

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for the ,hunt report. Sounds like you had a grand time of it. That is a wonderful kudu. Very few will ever harvest its equal. Great to see you had an open mind about other weapons. Africa gets in your blood. Congrats. Bruce
     

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